FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – A statement from Republican Gov. Matt Bevin says former Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear’s opposition to his plan to dismantle the state health care program known as Kynect is an effort to promote his political legacy.
Beshear announced “Save Kentucky Healthcare” on Thursday, a tax-exempt organization that will pay for an online campaign that Beshear says will educate voters about what is happening to health care in Kentucky.
As governor, Beshear issued executive orders to expand the state’s Medicaid program and establish Kynect, a state-operated exchange where people can purchase private health insurance plans with the help of a federal subsidy. More than 500,000 people have gotten health insurance through the programs, with more than 400,000 of them being added to the state’s Medicaid rolls.
Bevin said in a statement that he is “focused on fixing Kentucky’s fiscal crisis,” which includes $30 billion in unfunded pension liabilities for teachers and state workers.